Nelson Freire has proposed a glorious program for his 2016 Sydney recital. From the majesty of Bach to the introspection of Chopin, it’s music that allows his modest, poetic brilliance to speak for itself. Among the highlights are two of the great piano masterworks: Beethoven’s final sonata and the fourth of Chopin’s ballades. Freire’s recording of the Beethoven has been praised for its ‘rhetoric, suspense, drive and deep musical consideration’ as well as its clarity and directness. ‘Freire is a cultured musician who has searched the music without draining it of spontaneity.’ A straightforward affection for the music, expressive range, unerring musical judgement, nothing fussy, nothing to get in the way… These are the things that music-lovers have long admired in Freire’s playing and you can experience them first hand.